Financial Assistance

With competitive course fees and one of the lowest costs of living in California, an education at Fresno State offers one of the best values around. Current information on the cost of attending Fresno State can be found here.

Many domestic students qualify for financial aid. We encourage you to contact the Financial Aid Office to find out more. Various scholarships and fellowships are available to graduate students through the Division of Graduate Studies and the University Scholarships Office.

Teaching Assistantships

Most of our graduate students offset the cost of studying with stipends from teaching assistantships within the department. If you are interested in a teaching assistantship, please contact the Chemistry graduate coordinator.

National Science Foundation Graduate Scholarships

Five graduate scholarships are available beginning Fall 2011. Each scholarship will provide up to a $10,000/year stipend and a $1,000/year travel grant. Each student will receive two years of funding. Students must be eligible for financial aid to qualify for these scholarships. Scholarship recipients are also eligible to apply for a teaching assistantship.

Research Assistantships

Four $10k/year research assistantships are available for two years each (beginning Fall 2011) in the following areas:

Atmospheric Chemistry (Dr. Alam Hasson) - Laboratory studies of the atmospheric chemistry of isoprene.

The project will examine the kinetics and mechanisms of the gas-phase reaction of isoprene with NO 3 and with OH under low-NOx conditions using a photochemical reactor and a range of analytical techniques (FTIR, GC-MS, GC-FID and HPLC). Students will have the opportunity to participate in research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder during each summer.

Atmospheric Chemistry (Dr. Alam Hasson) - Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) formation potential of particulate matter under physiologically-relevant conditions.

The project will investigate the relationship between the chemical composition of PM 2.5 and the ability of particles to generate OH and H 2O 2 under lung-like conditions. Speciated organic mass loadings in PM samples will be quantified by GC-MS, and a range of chemical assays will be used to evaluate ROS generation.

Biophysical Chemistry (Dr. Krish Krishnan) - Functional dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins.

The research will be centered in the use of NMR techniques in tandem with molecular modelling to study the physical chemistry of molecular interactions in a range of biologically important proteins and in particular intrinsically disordered nucleoporins and antifreeze glycoproteins. The students will have the opportunity to work with several latest experimental techniques; High resolution NMR, DSC, CD and and high performance computations. The goal of each project is to understand the functional modality of these proteins from structural and dynamic events in atomic level details and broadly applicable to biotechnology and biomedical research.

Neurobiochemistry (Dr. Joy Goto) - Neurobiochemical studies of neurodegeneration in Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly).

In our lab fruit flies are a model biochemical system to investigate the effects of an environmental toxin on antioxidant enzyme activity, metal ion homeostasis, locomotion and neuronal function. The fruit fly model we have developed resembles aspects of human neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and ALS.

For more information, contact the Chemistry graduate coordinator.